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The Week in Pictures

A protester flashes Putin, a horse race goes awry, a hoopster looks up, another looks down and more.

California guard Layshia Clarendon watches Louisville forward Sara Hammond's shot in the second half of their semifinal game at the Women's Final Four of the NCAA basketball tournament on April 7 in New Orleans.


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A woman takes pictures of the art installation "Alice" by Spanish artist Cristina Lucas in the Andalusian Centre of Contemporary Art in the Andalusian capital of Seville, Spain, on April 10. Marcelo Del Pozo / Reuters
Amish boys watch a baseball game outside the schoolhouse in Bergholz, Ohio, on April 9. Families gathered after the last day of school for a celebration and farewell picnic. Scott R. Galvin / AP
Abraham Kohlberg, right, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish yoga teacher, leads a class in the city of Beit Shemesh, Israel, on April 5. Gender segregation is practiced by ultra-Orthodox Jews, so the studio offers separate classes for men and women.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin gets an eye-opening experience as he is confronted by a topless demonstrator with a message written on her back during a tour of the Hanover Fair in Hanover, Germany, on April 8. He was accompanied by German Chancellor Angela Merkel (in green). Jochen Luebke / EPA
Afghan female prisoners sit in their cell at Badam Bagh, Afghanistan's main women's prison, in Kabul, Afghanistan, on March 28. The 6-year-old jail holds 202 women, most of them serving sentences of up to seven years for leaving their husbands, refusing to accept a marriage arranged by their parents or choosing to leave their parents' home with a man of their choice, all so-called moral crimes.

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Jockey Davy Condon (left, in white) struggles to stay aboard Jamsie Hall at the 11th fence in the fourth race of the day of The Topham Steeplechase at Aintree, northern England, on April 5.


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Vacant row houses line a street at dusk March 29 in Baltimore, Md. The city has lost nearly a third of its population since the peak in the 1950s, and an estimated 16,000 buildings are vacant or abandoned.

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Honor guard troops line up before a welcome ceremony for New Zealand Prime Minister John Key outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on April 10. Jason Lee / Reuters
A riot policeman beats a protester in a field during a demonstration at Dicle University in Diyarbakir, Turkey, on April 9. Leftist Kurdish students protested after a clash between left- and right-wing groups at the university.


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A Malian boy leaves his house in a cart in Gao, Mali, on April 5. The United Nations expressed concern over reprisal attacks against ethnic Tuaregs and Arabs in Mali, where a French-led intervention recently routed Islamist rebels. Joel Saget / AFP - Getty Images
Michigan Wolverines guard Trey Burke walks off the court as the Louisville Cardinals celebrate defeating Michigan to win the NCAA men's Final Four championship basketball game in Atlanta, Ga., on April 8. Jeff Haynes / Reuters